Top 10 WordPress plugins Christmas Eve 2012

I thought I’d do a little experiment… find the top 10 WordPress plugins just before Christmas, then again a week later. The top ten, in terms of average growth per day since mid August 2012, are now…

Plugin name and description Plugin links Version, total downloads, last update, tested
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
5.2
146,160,922
4th July 2020
5.4.2
Jetpack by WordPress.com
The ideal plugin for stats, related posts, search engine optimization, social sharing, protection, backups, security, and more.
8.6.1
182,962,573
3rd June 2020
5.4.2
All in One SEO Pack
The original WordPress SEO plugin, downloaded over 65,000,000 times since 2007.
3.5.2
68,097,069
27th May 2020
5.4.2
Yoast SEO
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
14.4.1
255,100,404
23rd June 2020
5.4.2
Akismet Anti-Spam
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to protect you and your site from malicious content.
4.1.6
170,279,496
4th June 2020
5.4.2
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will improve SEO by helping search enginess better index your site using sitemaps.
4.1.0
26,576,091
1st May 2020
5.4.2
WordPress Gallery Plugin – NextGEN Gallery
The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 28 million downloads.
3.3.6
29,605,271
24th June 2020
5.4.0
Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by MonsterInsights
The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back.
7.11.0
70,051,809
1st July 2020
5.4.2
gtrans No info available  
WordPress Importer
Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
0.7
32,349,695
4th April 2020
5.4.2

Notes:

  • The top three exceed 10,000 downloads per day.
  • The first seven exceed 6,000 downloads per day.
  • All in one SEO pack is still the most popular: with over 13 million downloads
  • Akismet is second, with over 12.5 million.

Personally:

  •  I’ve stopped using Contact Form 7; I noticed that the CAPTCHA images don’t display in Chrome any more.
  • I’m now using Jetpack for a simple contact form.
  • I install WordPress SEO more often than All in one SEO.
  • I rarely use the Nextgen-gallery or gtrans.